The week that was in SA sport

Finweek English Edition - - LIFESTYLE - BY GRAEME JOFFE


Con­fed­er­a­tion and Olympic Com­mit­tee (Sas­coc) has shat­tered more dreams with its non-se­lec­tion for the Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow, set to take place from 23 July to 3 Au­gust.

Not only will there be no South African men’s cy­cling team but SA squash will have no rep­re­sen­ta­tive even though Stephen Coppinger is cur­rently ranked num­ber 21 in the world.

So, how does Bad­minton SA (with no-one ranked in the world top 80 in sin­gles or dou­bles) have seven play­ers go­ing to Glas­gow?

“As Na­tional Fed­er­a­tions we are not per­mit­ted to com­ment on se­lec­tion. Please di­rect your ques­tion to Sas­coc. Sorry,” said Larry Keys of Bad­minton SA. As usual, there was no re­ply from Sas­coc. Sadly, most fed­er­a­tions are scared to speak out of any Sas­coc wrong­do­ing for fear of reprisals and pos­si­ble los­ing of ben­e­fits from the Na­tional Lot­tery Dis­tri­bu­tion Trust Fund (NLDTF).

Mind, Sports SA, the na­tional con­trol­ling body for mind sports in SA, was re­cently ‘sus­pended’ with­out due process for al­legedly crit­i­cis­ing Sas­coc.

So, many of the fed­er­a­tions are also con­flicted about whether to speak out or not.

Sas­coc also turns a blind eye to its own con­sti­tu­tion, which states: “No mem­ber will be el­i­gi­ble for ac­quire or re­tain mem­ber­ship of Sas­coc un­less it has a con­sti­tu­tion which pro­vides for: no di­rec­tor and/or of­fice bearer may con­tinue to hold of­fice con­tin­u­ously for more than 12 (twelve) years.”

A num­ber of fed­er­a­tions, how­ever, are con­tra­ven­ing this.

Mean­while, Sas­coc has also de­nied SA’s top ju­nior ten­nis player, Ilze Hat­tingh, a chance to com­pete in the Youth Olympics, even af­ter she was en­dorsed by the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion.

So, how do you en­cour­age young SA sports­men and women when this is hap­pen­ing?

SA sport is in dire need of change and first step should be foren­sic and life­style au­dits of Depart­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation, Sas­coc and NLDTF agency mem­bers.

Enough is enough.


AGAIN, IT WAS the same old story of SA teams hurt­ing the chances of other SA teams in the Su­per 15.

With the Storm­ers beat­ing the Bulls 16- 0 and the Chee­tahs beat­ing the Sharks 27-20, the Sharks will be the only SA team in the post sea­son.

From be­ing at the top of the log for so many weeks, the Sharks have now slipped to third, which means that they will prob­a­bly end up with a play­off game and have to travel to ei­ther Syd­ney or Christchurch for a semi-fi­nal.

This is not ideal but that could still change if the Sharks beat the Storm­ers at New­lands in their fi­nal game and the Cru­saders lose at home to the High­landers.

The Sharks would then fin­ish sec­ond on the log be­hind the Waratahs, who have al­ready clinched top spot.


HASHIM AMLA HAS now man­aged to get 13 one day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) cen­turies.

Amla’s 109 and AB de Vil­liers’s 75 set the plat­form for the Proteas 75 run win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI.

304/5 was the Proteas’ high­est to­tal in Sri Lanka and it was only the third time SA had won an ODI on Sri Lankan soil.

Imran Tahir fin­ished with 3-50, and two wick­ets apiece for Steyn, Morkel and McLaren.


IT’S NOT OF­TEN that I find a cham­pion, but Leg­is­late win­ning the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July made me look good at the Sun­bet Horse rac­ing launch.

Still, it’s a great shame that the win­ner had to be de­cided in the board­room.

Wylie Hall was the first horse past the post, but was then rel­e­gated to sec­ond fol­low­ing an ob­jec­tion from Leg­is­late’s jockey, Richard Fourie.

The two horses made con­tact over the last few hun­dred me­tres and the stipen­di­ary stew­ards felt it was enough in­ter­fer­ence to over­turn the re­sult.

So, an­other July win­ner for the Justin Snaith sta­ble.

Ilze Hat­tingh



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